After an Instagram Live video of Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant displaying what appeared to be a gun at a nightclub early Saturday morning prompted an investigation from the NBA, Morant has been suspended for at least the next two games.
Against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Morant will be inactive after the Grizzlies announced that he “will be away from the team for at least the next two games” on Saturday afternoon.”We are aware of a social media post involving Ja Morant and are looking into it, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement early Saturday.”
I want to apologize to my loved ones, my teammates, my coaches, my fans, my business partners, Memphis, and the entire organization for failing you. “I’m going to take a break to figure out how to better manage my stress and improve my general health.”
With a statement released on Saturday night, Nike, who has a signature shoe line with Morant, backed the Grizzlies’ star. We are grateful that Ja is taking responsibility for his actions and is making the effort to get the assistance he requires, as stated in the release. We agree that his health and happiness should be his top priority.
Morant’s agent, Jim Tanner, released a statement saying, “Any and all allegations involving a firearm have been fully investigated and could not be corroborated.” This was in response to the Post’s reporting. The NBA conducted an investigation last month and concluded there was no evidence to support the allegations. Ja Morant from playing for at least two contests.
Additionally, Ja Morant Will Be Back And Better Than Ever
The Memphis Grizzlies star point guard posted an Instagram photo of himself with what appears to be a gun in a Denver area gentlemen’s club early on Saturday morning and invited his followers to join him.
They have met him with a wide variety of reactions, some of which are almost as careless as the actions that have made Morant the most talked-about athlete in the country.
They have warned him and given him advice. They’ve said some unflattering things about Morant’s family history and the people he associates with. Those people have pointed out the red flags that Morant and the Grizzlies ignored before Morant made his most destructive choice yet last week.
They have mused over the potential outcomes of a police investigation. Whether Morant actually brought that gun on the team plane. Whether or not the Grizzlies actually suspended him. And whether or not he could face further punishment from the NBA’s investigation.
Yes, Morant will recover from this. The only open questions are when and for how long.
Given how often this story has been told. It is the Grizzlies’ best player being sent away from an NBA team. For an indeterminate amount of time while they are in the thick of a playoff chase that is most intriguing.
He’s not the first NBA player, actor, or musician to struggle with the spotlight. Even though his reputation has taken a rightful hit. He is neither a victim nor is he doomed by his missteps. It’s still a case of Morant becoming an adult and behaving accordingly. With hundreds of millions of dollars riding on how he carries himself.
More than the judgment and insinuations that accompanied this string of negative headlines. The question of when he returns, when it is appropriate to return. And when he can begin to redeem himself should hang over every conversation that brings clarity.
The Memphis Grizzlies have suspended Ja Morant for at least two games after he was seen brandishing a gun in a social media video at a Denver-area club after Saturday’s game against the Nuggets.